Selection Process


The DSC Prize Secretariat must receive all entries for the DSC Prize, accompanied by the prescribed Entry Form, by 5 pm on 10th May, 2019.

  • The entries would be scrutinized by the Secretariat and all the books that fulfil the eligibility criteria will be forwarded to each member of the Judging Panel. This Judging Panel comprises 5 eminent members including a Chair. The members of the Judging Panel are nominated with great care by the Steering Committee with inputs from the Advisory Committee and it is ensured that they together represent the interests and creative principles of the South Asian region.
  • On receiving the package of books, each jury member will read and assess all the entries during a period of three and a half months and exchange evaluation reports with other members of the panel. The Judging Panel will announce a Longlist of 12 to 15 books for the DSC Prize by end September 2019.
  • Over the next month, the Judging Panel would further deliberate and announce a Shortlist of 5 (or 6) books by November 2019.
  • The Judging Panel would remain in contact thereafter and meet to finally evaluate the shortlisted entries and announce the winner of the DSC Prize 2019 at the DSC Prize Award Ceremony in December 2019.
  • All the shortlisted authors along with the jury members would be invited for the DSC Prize Award Ceremony. The DSC Prize Secretariat will take care of their stay and travel in economy class. The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 would be announced at this special ceremony and receive an award of US $25,000. If the winning novel is a translated work then the prize money will be equally shared between the author and the translator. It is mandatory for the shortlisted authors to be present at the Award Ceremony. Shortlisted authors and jury members may also be invited to participate in the events and programmes around the Award Ceremony.
  • Longlisted and shortlisted authors and translators, and jury members would need to be available for publicity and events from the stage that the longlist is announced.
  • The winning author would need to be available for media interaction and events organised by the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the South Asian Prize & Events Trust (which administers the DSC Prize) for a period of one year. The objective of these events is to promote South Asian writing and other socially relevant issues that the trust is involved in.
  • All the books submitted as entries by the publishers would be retained by the DSC Prize Secretariat and will not be returned to the publishers.